I am currently working in nuclear fusion research for the UK Atomic Energy Authority. I have recently been promoted to a Technical Improvement Engineer, having worked in engineering support roles since 2007.
My experience has given me an interest in engineering, and I am studying to complete the BEng as a mature student, having completed the HNC. I am an EngTech Member of the IMechE; and have started this website as part of my CPD evidence for IEng.
UK Atomic Energy Authority are supporting my studies and professional membership, for which I am immensely grateful.
I hope this website will serve as a resource for others who may be considering a career in engineering, or for those who may have an unusual career path, or are just curious about engineering!
I started out working on the construction of the Grain LNG terminal. I spent three years supporting the Materials Control Department for CB&I; ensuring the correct materials were allocated and issued for construction of four storage tanks and associated piping.
After a year of temping, which included being an industrial cleaner for the now-decommissioned Kingsnorth Power Station, I was contracted to the design office for CB&I London, where I supported the Project Engineering teams for five years. I worked on the Detailed Design for North Sea Offshore Platform projects Golden Eagle, Montrose BLP, and Mariner. My final project in that time was supporting the FEED for the Rio Grande LNG; a proposed natural gas liquefaction facility and liquefied natural gas export terminal in Texas – this included supporting teams with compliance for the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulations.
It was at the point of redundancy that I started my journey as a mature student, enrolling in the BTEC Level 3 Mechanical Engineering course, which was followed up by the HNC in 2017. Around the same time I joined the Central Engineering Team at UK Atomic Energy Authority in Oxfordshire. Much of my time has been spent supporting the readiness for DTE2 for the JET Fusion Reactor. 2020 has seen the COVID-19 pandemic, but I am still working hard to support the upcoming campaign!
My experience is atypical of the routes other engineers have taken, with my interest piqued by the work I have been engaged with. Working in fusion research has only increased this interest; the science and engineering challenges are far too interesting!
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